UN says 35 humanitarian incidents occurred in South Sudan in January

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-16 01:09:36|Editor: yan
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JUBA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Some 35 incidents of aid operations were reported in January in South Sudan with the most violent occurring in Ulang, Upper Nile region, the UN humanitarian agency said on Friday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said of these, about 23 percent involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets, representing a reduction in violent incidents as compared to the 2018 monthly average of 52 percent.

"Bureaucratic impediments, on the other hand, nearly tripled from the 2018 monthly average of 12 percent. They accounted for a 31 percent of all incidents in January and included substantial delays and blockages related to importation, fees at check-points and staff taxation," said the UN agency in its latest report.

According to the report, 11 incidents (31 percent) were significant in severity, including the detention and relocation of staff, commandeering of vehicles and convoy blockages.

The UN said the deterioration in security in Central Equatoria due to heavy fighting continued, noting that this negatively impacted on humanitarian movement and Ebola preparedness in areas such as greater Morobo, Otogo and Mukaya counties.